This is a poster to discourage door to door salesmen and religious people from knocking on your door. It works almost perfectly for me, even the salesmen giving away freebies, when I go and ask as they are leaving, admit their freebie is not really free. This one page PDF is best printed onto A4 then enlarged to an A3 poster on a photocopier, the toner does not fade in the sun like ink-jet ink does. I wrote it about 2002, and several people have asked for copies to put on their own doors.
The poster consists of the following words.
Please! No salesmen or saleswomen or salespeople of anything including religion! If it is free, please leave it in my mail box, you won't need me to sign anything! Have a fabulous day
October 7, 2009
sales men stories
It works great here, but is useless for telemarketers, even listing my number with a NZ org, so I dont get called, fails because telemarketers call from oversea.
I was once at my neighbour's home, with my long range cordless phone, when a telemarketer called offering me free toll calls, so I said yes, the next 5 minutes I kept insisting on the free tolls while he tried to tell me the catch.
Then he hung up on me. (I would have had to sign very 100% of my telecommunications services.)
A rep came around to give away a free security system provided you signed up for a monitoring plan. So I phoned around, the rep said $1300 for the hardware, Dick Smith Electronics had the specification at $600. I phoned the monitoring company for a price as I had a compatible system already (I did not)and got a monthly price. I took that off the monitoring plan and the difference equalled time payments for hardware to the value of $600!
Where did the freebie go? I read the documentation carefully, my friend who signed up had verbally been told lots more. One suggestion of use, to monitor kids at home, was illegal under NZ law, as young kids must always have a 14 or older, person watching them.
A neighbour was shown a sample unit, and was told the case was made of unbreakable plastic, so he showed the rep where he wanted it installed in his workshop, there, he asked the rep once again to confirm it was unbreakable, then he picked up a hammer and hit the unit dead centre. YES the case was unbreakable, BUT was flexible, the circuit board underneath took the full blow.
Telecom NZ had a rep giving away free mobiles, my next door ensured I could listen as I was on the phone to him, and he had his cordless phone. Nothing was said about a 12 month plan. This rep was around often, rather than the footpath, they took a short cut over my lawn, right under my open window. My overheard favourite rep tell his assistant to be wary of me. I told my contacts at management level at Telecom.
A few months later, the news broke, the company running this rep at others, had not told people about the plan and cancellation right within 3 days. Therefore Telecom was cancelling the contracts and letting people go prepaid.
I recall too, Telecom offered the same deal on line. My mate signed up for the cheapest mobile, $100 the sales rep had only shown and given him brochures for mobiles costing $200 and above. My mate thought he was getting the $200 model. He cancelled.
If you check out my uploads on local cell towers, Telecom still has not got theirs. Telecom is bad news, it been forced to let other providers into its phone exchanges, so we have choice of provider, specially for broadband. Now Telecom is putting in street boxes, with fibre back to the exchange, so their broadband is faster.
October 6, 2009
only marginally effective
Back in my wasted youth, I sold portrait-package scams door-to-door. I encountered many such notices as this. I was taught to ignore them. I knocked or rang anyway. Many householders yelled at me; some did not yell, and listened to my pitch, and fell for it. A determined salescritter ignores obstacles and drives onward. It's like direct-mail ads and spam -- a vanishingly small percentage of sales still justifies the effort.